Planning on writing a book this summer? Or perhaps you want to take a stab at that movie idea that's been percolating in your head for a few years now. Your Mac is the best tool for composition, and there's an arsenal of software that can help you get started. Whether you want to utilize a free app or can spring the cash for something chock full of features, there's an app that can faciliate your writing needs.
We all know how well Pages can present newsletters, school reports, letters and brochures. But exciting presentation doesn’t have to stop when it comes to adding figures and percentages to your Pages project.
While it’s sometimes necessary to include a spreadsheet or other numerical representation in your document, it doesn’t have to be the boring kind. Using Pages’ in-built chart creation tool borrowed from iWork’s Numbers, you can quickly turn dull-looking data into stunning charts and even make them three-dimensional for added pizzazz. You can turn a wide range of data into a chart, from budget information and cost analyses through to earnings, valuations and more, and make them fit into the overall design of your project with ease.
Apple’s aesthetic consists of white space and minimalist design. It even applies to the templates in Pages. Your projects don’t have to be quite so black and white, however, and Apple provides plenty of tools within Pages to help you add color. Using shapes is one such route to spicing up your designs, but many users don’t look further than the simple color fill available from the tool bar.
What good is a new Retina Display iPad without a bunch of Apple-created apps to go with it? To that end, the folks in Cupertino have offered up a host of updates to the current iWork, iMovie and GarageBand apps as well as porting yet another member of the iLife family to the tablet fold with iPhoto.
Having to tell readers to turn to a specific page for more information is now limited to printed documents. For those who work with digital text more often than not, the ability to click a link comes as second nature.
Big news last week was Mountain Lion's sneaking out the gate without a big hoopedy doo Keynote. There's been little news on that front since then, but there are a few pieces to the puzzle, along with iCloud follies, and a few Apple TV tips (which might just be Apple's next big thing). Let's see what's cookin' in the hot stories this week.
With a rich set of templates available in Pages you can tell stories, share pictures and even let others know about your favorite recipes and vacation destinations. Adding images and text is a cinch and you can change any element of the templates to suit your style. There are 14 newsletter templates available in Pages, each with different themes to suit the tone of your publication and, if you want to get really creative, you can start from a blank canvas and create your own layout.
We all know about the Shapes menu in Pages that offers us anything from speech bubbles to triangles and arrows. The chances are you probably use circles and rectangles the most when it comes to the Shapes menu; but have you noticed the Pen tool, bottom of the list?
When you write a document in Pages, do you tend to use formatting like bold, italics and font size to denote specific sections? If so, you’re not making the most of this excellent word processing package.
When iBooks Author was announced a few weeks ago, users hoped it would make it easier to publish your work to the iBook Store. However, once those users delved into the EULA, it became clear that to get any exposure outside of Apple's own store, one would have to use a different method of publishing. Fortunately, there are other options. Read on to find out how you can publish an e-book without licensing restrictions.